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Rotundo24 Jan 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

Why is it so much more fun to discuss politics of a by gone age then debate politics of the day? Am I wrong? Is it perspective? I am facinated by what"they" must have been thinking. I am as facinated by the end of wars as the beginnings. What say you?

KTravlos24 Jan 2017 1:28 p.m. PST

Partly because we have more "facts" for past decisions, partly the appeal of "what if's" to out imagination, and partly because most of the time we have no direct stakes at the issues that were at stake anymore.

That said talk about the Causes of the American Civil War here, or the character of the Napoleonic regime, and you will see how much more fun it is.

But generally speaking historical political issues become hot when tied to ongoing issues. The ACW causes is still hot because it ties with hot issues in the US including "race" relations, the coercive power of the state, and the self-worth of a groups of people who take elements of their identity from those past decisions.

The less relevant the past debate to today's hot topics, the less acrimonious and fun the discussion.The more tied to current issues, the more you are actually arguing current issues via arguing about past issues, and the more you are invested, the more is at stake, and the more you will be combative.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member24 Jan 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

I got to say, I find the present political situation is so acrimonious, I no longer want to visit some wargaming sites, the blogs sections being a tremendous source of uneasiness. Unfortunately my rather obsessive demeanor sucks me into them too often. I really like coming here because the acrimony of the present is easier to keep at arms length. There are folks out there in our hobby who I am much happier not to talk politics with, and have lost some gaming aquaintenances when their views got pulled out and vocalized.

I more or less quit visiting the modern section of this blog because politics and ideology coloured so much of the discussion, even though I still often participated in it. It grows wearisome.

Terrement Inactive Member24 Jan 2017 2:25 p.m. PST


Puddinhead Johnson Inactive Member24 Jan 2017 3:55 p.m. PST

No politics here, Please!

McWong7325 Jan 2017 12:11 a.m. PST

Because with hindsight we all come across sage like?

Rotundo25 Jan 2017 9:00 a.m. PST

McWong I would agree there is much less guess work

Rotundo25 Jan 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

Puddinhead, you see politics. I see fun being the operative word. No one has expressed a belief, just opinions limited to the subject matter.

14Bore28 Jan 2017 7:30 a.m. PST

Stay out of the klink, don't do it

Tom D122 Feb 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

I wargame to forget about politics (unless you want to talk about restoring the Stuarts)

Wolfhag24 Feb 2017 10:45 p.m. PST

We like to discuss these things to show everyone how smart we are.


John Michael Priest Inactive Member09 Mar 2017 3:50 p.m. PST

I war game for the comersderies and to get away from the "news".

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